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January 6, 2007


Canada's National Post examines why we read fiction.

"All stories are about people and their interactions -- romance, tragedy, conflict," explains Raymond Mar, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Toronto and lead author of both studies. "Stories often force us to empathize with characters who are quite different from us, and this ability could help us better understand the many kinds of people we come across in the real world."

The Millions lists the most anticipated books of 2007.

WXPN's World Cafe features a performance from singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam.

The A.V. Club lists "10 unjustly overlooked hip hop classics."

The Guardian reviews Richard Powers' National Book Award-winning novel, The Echo Maker.

After all this build-up, The Echo Maker turns out, happily, to be Powers's most accessible novel to date, showing an ever-increasing skill at marrying his titanic smarts to plots that move and breathe.

The Los Angeles Times lists their music "Ultimate Top 10" for 2006.

Billboard profiles singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

"What's really interesting about that is she's the only female right now in the top 50 on the iTunes alternative chart -- which is inspiring but depressing at the same time," says Michael Goldstone, the president of her Sire Records label.

SFist interviews Oliver Chin, author of the children's book, The Year of the Pig.

UGO lists the top eleven songs about magic.

In the Los Angeles Times, a literary scholar and psychotherapist examines poet Allen Ginsberg's psychiatric stay and its effect on his work.

Inside Bay Area lists the 25 things to look forward to in music in 2007.

Chicken Spaghetti collects lists the best children's books of 2006.

Idolator announced the results of the first Jackin' Pop music critics' poll.

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation
this week's CD & DVD releases


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